Prize Recipient


Roberto Peccei
University of California, Los Angeles


"For the proposal of the elegant mechanism to resolve the famous problem of strong-CP violation which, in turn, led to the invention of axions, a subject of intense experimental and theoretical investigation for more than three decades."


Roberto D. Peccei is a particle theorist whose principal interests lie in the area of electroweak interactions and in the interface between particle physics and cosmology.

Peccei obtained both his B.S. and Ph.D. from MIT. He was on the faculty of Stanford University in the 1970s and on the staff of the Max Planck Institute in Munich and of the DESY Laboratory in Hamburg in the 1980s.  He returned to the United States in 1989, joining the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA. At UCLA he has served both as Dean of Physical Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Research.

Peccei was the Schroedinger Professor at the University of Vienna in 1983, the Boris Jacobsohn Lecturer at the University of Washington in 1986, the Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer at UCLA and the Emilio Segre Professor at the University of Tel Aviv in 1992, and delivered the first Abdus Salam Memorial Lecture in Pakistan in 1997.  He is Vice President of the Club of Rome and President of the Fondazione Aurelio Peccei.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics in the United Kingdom, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Selection Committee:

James Wells, Chair; H. Murayama; K. Lane; J. Bagger; M. Carena